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Freeski And Snowboard Big Air Competition Coming To Atlanta In December

If one were to say to almost anyone, local or not, that Atlanta was going to host a big air competition, most of those that were spoken to would ask how. The answer that one would give, in this case, comes in the form of a 15-story tall steel scaffold jump structure built at the home of MLB team, the Atlanta Braves.


For the first time in Atlanta, the Visa Big Air Presented by Land Rover will be held at SunTrust Park on December 20-21 of this year. The FIS sanctioned Snowboard and Freeski World Cup event will bring some of the biggest names in big air to a city that doesn't normally host winter events.

Over the two days of competition, the U.S. roster of athletes will include U.S. Freeski Olympians Julia Krass and Maggie Voisin, as well as two-time Olympic medalist Nick Goepper, Olympic gold medalists Red Gerard and Jamie Anderson, and the 2018-19 FIS Snowboard Overall Crystal Globe Winner Chris Corning.

The Visa Big Air Presented by Land Rover is part of a multi-year commitment by U.S. Ski & Snowboard to bring big air events to the masses in breathtaking new environments by hosting one city big air event per season leading into the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022.

“The Visa Big Air at SunTrust Park will bring our sports out of the mountains and to the people in a major metropolitan area,” said U.S. Ski & Snowboard President and CEO Tiger Shaw. “We are very excited to have Visa as our title sponsor and to partner with the Atlanta Braves to continue to grow the fan-base of this exciting sport for our athletes, sponsors and the snow sports industry ahead of the 2022 Games in Beijing."

The competition will take place on a 15-story tall steel scaffold jump structure consisting of up to 29,000 unique pieces, which is then covered with up to 800 tons of snow to create a surface on which the world’s best freeskiers and snowboarders can perform. Athletes will drop into an approximately 40-degree in-run, then launch themselves off the jump at speeds up to 40 miles per hour to perform their biggest tricks while traveling up to 70 feet in the air. The competition is judged on progression, amplitude, variety, execution, and difficulty.

For those who are local to Atlanta, or who want to visit the city for this event, tickets go on sale today, Friday, September 6 at noon eastern time. The current event schedule is as follows;

Friday, Dec 20
4:00 - 10:00 p.m. - Sponsor Village/Entertainment - The Battery
5:30 p.m. - Gates Open
6:00 - 6:45 p.m. - Men's and women's snowboard big air finals practice
7:00 - 8:30 p.m. - Men's and women's snowboard big air finals          
Saturday, Dec 21
4:00 - 10:00 p.m. - Sponsor Village/Entertainment - The Battery
5:30 p.m. - Gates Open
6:00 - 6:45 p.m. - Men's and women's freeski big air finals practice
7:00 - 8:30 p.m. - Men's and women's freeski big air finals
A big air competition at a city baseball stadium is a sight to see, and this one should hold up without any issue. If you would like more information, you can head to USSkiandSnowboard.org or to braves.com/visabigair, which would also be the place to get your tickets


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